“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
The advent of Jesus becomes for us the definition of love.
“Love is from God” (1 John 4:7). God created it, or more clearly, revealed it as his divine nature. John continued to write, “God is love” (4:8). Love is so essential to the character of God that love is the first and the second commandment, and the best way to sum up pretty much everything God has ever said.
The reason we love? It came from him to start with. “We love because he first loved us.” (4:19)
Simply put, without Jesus, we wouldn’t know love. A world without God would be a world without love.
Jesus demonstrates the sheer intensity of the love of God. Don’t miss the two-letter word in the famous memory verse: For God so loved the world…God loved us so much that he gave his son. That’s an awfully big “so” for such a little word.
Jesus loves us when we are unlovable. He demonstrates God’s incredible love. He defines it with his word and with is actions. He radiates what it really means. When we celebrate the advents of Jesus, we celebrate the love of God.